| Feb 20, 2013
| 7:19 AM
W.H. Auden trawled the Oxford English Dictionary for old and obscure words, some of which he employed in his poetry. He was so fond of the OED that he often took a volume of it to bed at night. We here in Wordville understand that.
Thus there is joy...
| Mar 15, 2013
| 1:25 PM
Aleksandar Hemon, the 48-year-old Bosnian refugee who has become one of this city's literary rock stars, can amuse and he can devastate. That he does both in his second language, wielded with precision and elegance, has earned him comparisons to Nabokov...
| Dec 10, 2012
| 7:45 PM
If like me you come from a mixed family, meaning there are conservative Republicans and liberal Democrats boisterously hashing out their differences at the holiday table, you'll have an easy time recognizing the Wyeth clan gathered to celebrate...
| Mar 28, 2011
| 1:09 PM
P. Scott Cunningham (photos by Beth Black)
On a recent Wednesday morning in Miami’s Design District, P. Scott Cunningham settled into a corner table of a clamorous French bakery, his back to the window facing Second Avenue, its parade of cars...
| Aug 27, 2011
An Idaho resort hotel's verdure is not the wild tumble around W.S. Merwin's beloved Hawaiian home, but disciplined grass and orderly stands of trees. Not, perhaps, the sort of trees Merwin had in mind when he wrote, "On the last day of the world I would...
| Apr 15, 2011
| 1:24 PM
For Caroline Kennedy's 50th birthday, several of her close friends presented her with poems to mark the occasion. They understood the significance of poetry in her life, how she learned to understand it by looking through volumes, deciphering marks in...
| Apr 30, 2011
Created by FDR in 1935, in the depths of the Great Depression, the Federal Writers' Project (a small part of the wider Works Progress Administration) was a make-work agency that gave jobs to about 6,500 writers, editors and researchers before closing shop...
| Jan 23, 2011
In 1984, when he was 51, novelist Reynolds Price learned that a pencil-shaped tumor, about 10 inches long and malignant, had invaded his spine. Several surgeries and dozens of radiation treatments followed, leaving him a paraplegic racked with pain and...
| Mar 14, 2012
| 12:25 PM
Have you made it down to Long Wharf Theatre to see February House yet? If not, the show runs until Sun., March 18, so you've still got a few chances left. February House is a musical about several artists living together in a house in 1940s Brooklyn...
| Mar 28, 2012
| 8:31 PM
Adrienne Rich, a pioneering feminist poet and essayist who challenged what she considered to be the myths of the American dream and subsequently received high literary honors, died Tuesday at her home in Santa Cruz. She was 82.
The cause was...
| Aug 24, 2012
| 12:20 PM
"First you're young. Then you're old. Then you're wonderful."
— Alice Roosevelt Longworth
STRATFORD, Canada — Christopher Plummer is in the wonderful phase of his career — and at 82 he's seizing the opportunity.
In February, the six-...